NSERC President Visits Humber College to Experience the Role of Polytechnics and Colleges in the Innovation Ecosystem

Dr. Alejandro Adem met with students, faculty, partners and representatives of GTA Colleges to discuss challenges and opportunities within the Canadian research landscape.


By: Jennifer Larson


Dr. Alejandro Adem, the president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) visited Humber College North campus on February 21, 2020.


As part of his visit, Dr. Adem had an opportunity to tour the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation, meet with members of the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Consortium and hear about the impact of their partnerships with Humber.


Dr. Adem spoke with future grads about how Humber has prepared them to enter the Canadian technical workforce, which is in need of skilled workers.


Representatives from colleges and polytechnics across the Greater Toronto Area joined Dr. Adem for a roundtable discussion about collective challenges and opportunities, with the goal of helping NSERC foster and promote research.


Faculty researchers and student research assistants spoke with the NSERC president about the council’s vision for the future and how Humber fits into it.


Humber Applied Research & Innovation works with NSERC through a number of programs, including the Engage and Connect programs.


The visit highlighted the collaborative nature of polytechnics and colleges and served to reinforce the alignment between NSERC’s vision and the work being done at Humber.


NSERC invests over $1.2-billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries—valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect the makers and users of discoveries. Research partnerships established by NSERC help inform research and development and solve scale-up challenges.


NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.